Chilean police have clashed with over 50,000 students who have taken to the streets of the capital Santiago to protest against the education policies of President Sebastian Pinera’s government.
Tuesday saw tens of thousands of people in the streets demanding a reform in the education policy of the government which requires the students to pay high fees, dpa reported.
Riot police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the angry demonstrators, but there has been no reports of possible casualities on Tuesday.
Chilean protests began about three months ago when students started complaining about the expensive low-quality education and difficult university entrance requirements.
Earlier this week Pinera had announced cuts in the education budgets of the university students and called the students to reach a resolution after negotiating over 21 proposals he had offered, but no agreement has yet been reached.
According to a poll published last week, the Chilean president’s popularity has dropped to 26 percent, the lowest for any president since the end of the dictatorship of then-President Augusto Jose Ramon Pinochet in 1990.
During last week protests, over 900 people were arrested and 90 police officers were also reportedly injured.
In June, 2008 Chilean students and teachers had also held demonstrations to prevent endorsement of the then-introduced educational law which deprived the poor from equal access to the country’s education system. Demonstrators called then-President Michelle Bachelet to withdraw the education bill from Congress.
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